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    Can you get a shock from faulty earphones?


    Getting a shock from faulty earphones is a topic which has been discussed at length. Many people claim to have received an electrical shock from using faulty earphones, but is this even possible? Here’s a little look at the science behind how earphones work and the dangers, if any, of receiving an electric shock from faulty earphones.

    How do earphones work?

    Earphones work by using magnetism to convert an electrical signal into acoustic vibrations. Earphones are essentially smaller versions of the loudspeakers which are typically used at concerts. Although the principle is the same, loudspeakers must move a volume of air equal to the size of the arena in order to for all to hear, whereas earphones must move a volume of air inside the ear canal. As a result, the electric current utilised by earphones is minuscule in comparison to loudspeakers. Although the current will vary depending on the size and model of the earphones, it is generally considered to be in the sub-watt range.

    Is the current powerful enough to cause an electric shock?

    The truth is that headphones do not carry enough of a current to give an electrical shock. It is possible that even non-defective earphones may produce an electric shock through a build-up of static electricity, although this is not the same as an electric shock as the result of a defect. Static electricity shocks, whilst irritating, are rather unlikely to cause injury although this may depend on the person who has received the shock, as those with underlying heart conditions may be more exposed to the dangers.

    Claiming compensation for a defective product

    Although the truth behind getting an electric shock from faulty earphones may be somewhat distorted, receiving an electric shock as the fault of a defective product is a serious matter. If you have been injured as the result of a defective electrical product, you could be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation.

    With Accident Advice Helpline you can rely on the professionalism one of the UK’s leading law firms in all areas of personal injury compensation. Reach out to us on 0800 689 0500 and speak with one of our professional and highly trained advisors. You won’t be under any obligation to proceed with a claim. Alternatively, you can find out online just how much compensation you could be entitled to, by taking our 30-second-test.

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    Date Published: December 9, 2015

    Author: David Brown

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